The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Christopher Musa has expressed shock over the sudden death of Isa Gusau, Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy to Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, at an Indian hospital.
This is contained in a statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, on Saturday in Abuja.
According to the CDS, Gusau’s death is a personal loss to me, having known and related very well with the deceased during his tour of duty as Theatre Commander, Operation HADIN KAI in Borno.
He said there was no doubt that late Gusau deployed his warm disposition, sharp mental acuity, and persuasive communication skills to impact positively on the relationship between the state government and the residents in the crisis-hit Borno.
Musa said the deceased exhibited passion for the improved media relations between the military and the people of Borno.
According to him, it is on record that Gusau served two successive governments in Borno meritoriously.
“He will certainly remain a reference point for many years to come; He was personable and indefatigable.
“I commiserate with his immediate family, relations, friends and indeed the media world over this bereavement which has sparked off torrents of tributes from far and near.
“My heart particularly goes out to the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, as well as the governor of Borno, and the people of Borno and Zamfara respectively.
“Humanity has indeed lost a rare gem but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a highly productive, impactful, and fulfilled life that is worthy of emulation.
“We pray that God will comfort his family in these trying times,” he said.